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Comment: Re:There goal is at odds with yours. (Score 1) 103

by Smauler (#49141471) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

The point is that they deliberately obfuscate. "This generation is better than the last" can be sold to people with higher powered processors, whilst still being technically true. Like I said earlier in the discussion, I still use a core2duo E6850, and I do use it for gaming. It's nearly 10 years old.

Comment: Re:"Good", "Better", "Best"? (Score 1) 103

by Smauler (#49141271) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

The real problem is that i3, i5, and i7 have never been good, better, best.

My core2duo E6850 is now absolutely ancient (and feeling it's age after having been run at nearly 100 degrees Celsius for a significant portion). My dad was going to retire his old i3 to the garage as a backup, but I jumped at the chance to nick it. That was, until I looked at the benchmarks. They're about the same. New thermal paste is easier.

It's all about the benchmarks, people. There are plenty of i5's that will outperform i7's in many tasks.

Comment: Re:Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Dri (Score 1) 162

by Smauler (#49132893) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

It's very very easy to build a robot that can do this, you just tape a dictaphone on a roomba saying all these things. However, you'd be pretty stupid to believe the robot.

This is kind of the point of the Turing test. I believe, however, that AIs will achieve perfect mimicry of consciousness before they achieve actual consciousness. At that point, you're pretty much stuffed, because there's no way of differentiating the two.

Comment: Re:Electric not the answer (Score 1) 212

by Smauler (#49103303) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

I would not assume "the motor does not wear" in EVs. They certainly will wear, but it is also very possible that they may last a lot longer than ICEs. We'll see in 10 years when we have a lot of cars with a lot of miles on them under a lot of different conditions. Body resilience & condition is a large part of resale value as well.

Very few cars are scrapped because of engine failure. Engines don't generally break unless you do something stupid to them.

Comment: Re:Gullible people (Score 1) 131

I generally agree with you. However, with :

3) how many entrepreneurs have 5 of 5 companies be successes?

If we guess at 1 in 5 companies being successful, then having 5/5 is about 1/3000. There are way, way more than 3000 entrepreneurs in the world. Just by chance there will be many successful people in the world, and past performance is obviously not a good indicator of future performance, using chance.

I'm not saying Elon Musk isn't talented, just that with an entirely random distribution you will get people who go from success to success.

Comment: Re:What happened? (Score 1) 422

by Smauler (#48993417) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Wait.... which monitors got better? Cheap monitors are undeniably better now, but I kept an old CRT around for ages because it was much better with some things, most importantly for me response time.

Response time has got much worse with the advent of anything but CRT.

Now, I'll agree that monitors got cheaper, and higher resolution, but not necessarily better. 120hz is rare now, too.

Brain off-line, please wait.